The Precious Flora of the Desert – Tribulus

Tribulus is a very important flora of the drylands of the world, especially the aridlands. It survives and sustains its race in the extremely harsh weathering conditions of its habitat/s. Its yellow flowers are very attractive and catch a lot of birds and insects resulting in more pollination. Not only valued as camel food and ethnomedicine but Tribulus is home to precious fauna of the Desert. You can read very informative and practical information from the field in the link provided here.

You can also watch a very comprehensive youtube video about this flora in the desert.

Enjoy Desert Exploration with Me

I strongly believe in the desert’s ecotherapy. If you have the burden of work and challenges in life then please straightly go to the desert and talk to the creatures over there. See and observe how the desert living organisms survive and how they face the challenges of life with patience. I’m sure that we can better learn from nature. Understanding the philosophy of calmness will give you a great health and satisfaction.

Desert Genetic Resources are Engineered with the Unique DNA

I hereby share some images about the desert and the creatures over there, especially the unique flora of the desert. The desert creatures are engineered by unique DNA, enabling the flora and fauna to flourish very well beside there is no water and scarcely awailable food. The lands over here are covered with the sands but still the desert genetic resource are thriving and providing food to the other animals.

The Land of Yellow Flowers and the Dwarf Asian Bees

It is very interesting that the deserts’ flora produce yellow flowers. Yes, the yellow flowers, which attract insects, bees and the birds from a longer distance in the fade environment of the desert. Here you can found the Dwarf Asian Bees collecting nectar and making womb.

Sour or Bitter, Hard or Soft, the Desert Flora is Food for an Animal or a Bird

The animals, insects, and the birds in the desert have their own taste. They are just after the food not the taste and texture. They know the importance and the value of the food. They eat everything growing in the deserts, some animal eat one and avoid the other but as a main picture, all plants are consumable. Citrullus might be very bitter and poisonus for human but a food of choice for the goats, camels, rodents and the birds. Also, such flora is home to the unique and well adapted fauna of the desert.

The Larger Flora Provides Food for the Big Creature, the Camel

The dear camel thrive in very hot and ultra dry environments, not only the camel physiology but the specialized flora of the desert also enable a sustainable camel development in the desert. Ghaf (Prosopis) tree not only provides a scenic and fascinating look to the desert but also an important food and shade source for the camels and other animals. The super food (camel milk) comes from the combination of the 2 unique creatures, the desert flora and the incredible camels.

Calitropis is Beautifu, Attractive and very Useful

Contrast to the general perspectives, Calitropis is a useful plant. Some traditional medicines are derived from the milk of this plants. The leaves are eaten by deers, goats, and some other animals. Some insects eat the outer layers of the leaf. The flowers are the most attractive part of this plant. It provide shelter and ecosystems to many insects. The birds and the bees eat the nectar of this plant. In the winter the seasonal birds, especially the hummingbird eat their nectar.

I Need your Help

I really need your help in the kind of your feedback. Please support me with your knowledge and experience. Share your pictures of the desert with me, I shall load and post on my website. Help me in circulating my material on your circles of social media and other outlets.

All the best

What I Learned from the Desert and the Nomads?

Spirit of the Desert

A nomad I once travelled with told me that love is a way of knowledge.. ‘You can only love what you know,’ he said, ‘and what you don’t love you can never know completely.’ That made sense to me because from the moment I first stood in the desert, breathed desert air, sensed the desert wind on my face, I felt that I already knew it deep inside.

The beautiful nature in the UAE

We cannot Conquere the Nature

Exploration is seen as a form of conquest, a test of ‘mind over matter’, but it was not that way for me. Civilized humans have tamed, exploited and destroyed Nature, but they cannot conquer it – we cannot conquer that of which we are just an unfolding, and to try is to end up by destroying ourselves.

The desert nomads knew this, which is why their culture had survived for millennia by adapting to the desert rather than attempting to dominate it. From the beginning I realized I must learn what they had to teach, and to do things their way: to achieve this meant seeing the desert through their eyes.

This is not to say that Nature is necessarily sweet and peaceful – the desert can be harsh, terrible and wild: there are times when you need all your strength and determination to prevail. Wind, storms, heat and cold are part of Gaia’s purpose, and there is also beauty in them: as the pandemic has shown us, we cannot evade death by building walls around our lives.

Minimize Distance between us and Nature

While we continue to separate ourselves from Nature, though, we will never know it completely, and therefore we will not love it. Since Nature is also us, that means remaining strangers to ourselves. The spirit of the Earth can’t be known from a ‘safe distance’ or from a stance of superiority. As the nomads taught me, it is only by humility, by loving the Earth, ourselves, and each other, that we can survive.

Only the Nomads Know the others not; the Animals are not a Personal Property but Gift of God

Michael Asher FRSL (born 1953) is an author, historian, deep ecologist and desert explorer who has covered more than 30,000 miles on foot and camel. He spent three years living with a traditional nomadic tribe in Sudan

Michael is my friend on Facebook and I’m keenly following his journies and the diaries he shares on his page. Here is the story of his connection with the nomads and the point of view of the nomads about their animals. It is very interesting and touching story. I share here in the ensuing lines.

The Secret

There had been a severe drought that year, and many nomads had lost animals. On the way back from the north, Rafig and I came across a tent pitched in a wadi, belonging to the family of a nomad called Saleem. He was a wiry, friendly-looking man who welcomed us to the camp, brought us kisri, dried dates and sweet tea, and only casually dropped into the conversation that all his camels and sheep had died of starvation. ‘We have nothing left’, he said. ‘Not even a camel to move our things to the camp of my brother-in-law, Musallim.’

Camels with light luggage walking towards the destination in the desert

Rafig hesitated a moment, then said, ‘use our camels, Saleem. We aren’t carrying much, and we like walking.’He caught my eye: all I could do was nod.

Saleem’s family, including the small children, was up before dawn, rolling up the tent, packing household goods, loading them on our camels until they were well and truly burdened. As the sun rose in a scintillating star-shape, we were already on our way, climbing up the banks of the wadi into open desert.

Animals are not Belong us but in our Safe Keeping

At mid-morning I walked along with Saleem. For a man who had just lost everything, he seemed very cheerful. ‘It’s in the hands of God,’ he told me. ‘Camels are the Gift of God and what God gives he can take away. The animals do not belong to us, they are only in our safe-keeping.’

Later when Rafig and I were walking together I asked him about this. ‘Saleem has lost all his animals,’ he explained, ‘but he has not lost his name, because his name does not depend on owning animals. A man’s name – or a woman’s – depends on human-ness, that is, being brave and resilient, treating others with kindness and generosity, and keeping faith with the family. If a person has these qualities, they can endure misfortune.’

Saleem told me that his wife’s brother would give him a camel when they reached his camp, and would make sure they always had milk and food. ‘I will herd his camels along with his sons,’ he added, ‘and he will give me a she-camel every season – more than one if the grazing is abundant. Those she-camels will give birth, and, if God wills, the foals will be many. Soon we will have enough animals to support the family.’

The Nomads’ tent in the desert

His brother-in-law would do this, I understood, not because he expected Saleem to pay him back personally, but because, if he himself were ever in need, he would be treated in the same way by the community. I realized that Rafig had offered our camels in this spirit, not for reward, but because the time might come when we were in Saleem’s position.

It took two days to reach Musallim’s camp – a camel’s hair tent and some brushwood shelters in a grove of sallam trees. His family welcomed everyone as honoured guests, and brought us fresh camel’s milk and kisri.

The Lesson

This experience taught me a profound lesson. The nomads understood that humans do not control nature, and that wealth is ephemeral – something our society has forgotten. For them, true wealth and security lay in personal relations, defined not by competition, but by ‘muhanni’ – mutual-aid, good will, kindness and generosity. The ‘secret’ of their survival – and well being – in the desert, for generations, was not conquest of the landbase, but their trust in and love for nature, including other human beings.

The Wildlife of The World’s Deserts – Part 1 – Asia — naturetails

Last week my post was about the desert Antarctica. This week I am following with the deserts of Asia. Posts about all of the world’s deserts will follow in the next few weeks. For thousands of years, deserts had power over our imagination as a vast and barren terrain, leading into the unknown and unseen […]

The Wildlife of The World’s Deserts – Part 1 – Asia — naturetails